“Population health activities . . . connect prevention, wellness and behavioral health science with health care delivery, quality and safety, disease prevention/management and economic issues of value and risk — all in the service of specific populations, particularly at-risk populations and sub-populations.”
The Jefferson College of Population Health
Dignity Health’s Population Health Management program is dedicated to ensuring individual patients’ needs are met with extraordinary care. At the same time, our Community Health team focuses its efforts on building strong partnerships to help address social behavioral, and medical determinants of health. This includes such things as housing, access to healthy food, safe places to exercise and more. Where these two missions overlap, we see a distinct opportunity to enhance the overall health of the communities and populations that we are privileged to serve.
Payment reform, through Value Based Agreements (VBAs), has had a profound impact on our approach to supporting the health our patients. Operating within the context of a growing number of VBAs will require an increasing reliance on clinical analytics and population health determinants to determine the best ways to meet the needs of our patients, both individually and collectively. We believe this model helps improve outcomes and promotes Healthier Populations.
“With Healthy Populations, we all win. A focus on healthy populations creates a backdrop for enhanced quality of life for those we serve. Dignity Health’s focus on extraordinary care for individual patients, and is improving health outcomes in the broadest sense by focusing on access to care, health education, disease management and prevention, and the social determinants of health. We see Population Health Management and Healthy Populations as inextricably linked.”
GARY GREENSWEIG, VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF PHYSICIAN EXECUTIVE FOR PHYSICIAN INTEGRATION